Valide-i Atik Kulliyesi, Istanbul

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The Atik Valide Mosque (Turkish: Atik Valide Camii, Eski Valide Camii) is a 16th century Ottoman mosque located on a hill above the large and densely populated district of Üsküdar, in Istanbul, Turkey. It was built for Nurbanu Sultan, the wife of Sultan Selim II and formed part of a large complex that included a madrasa, guest-rooms and a double caravanseray. The mosque was designed by the imperial architect Mimar Sinan. Planning began in 1571 for a small mosque with a single minaret. The mosque was subsequently expanded and was not completed until 1586, three years after Nurbanu's death.
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  • A walk uphill to this mosque pays off, (also considering that the even more interesting Cinili mosque is nearby). There is a tree in the courtyard that must be hundreds of years old considering its...  more »
  • Had the fortune to stumble upon this magnificent beautiful mosque, at night in Uskudar. The place was literally empty due to its location, which made it so special. Like going back in time...  more »
  • Walking from Uskudar to Kadikoy brought me past a few more of Sinan's works -- this mosque stuck out. Quiet, intimate even, and beautiful artwork. If you're nearby, it's worth a stop.  more »
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